I found this interesting tidbit of information from an Autoblog article about U.S. car sales in 2008:
There were about three million fewer cars sold in 2008 than 2007. Based on 2007’s numbers, it would be the same as if Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Lexus, MINI, Porsche, and Saab all closed their doors in 2008.
Now read that list of cars aloud.
Wow, basically all the luxury automakers (except Mercedes), plus Chrysler brands, closing up shop in 2008 to compare with 2007’s sales numbers. Total carnage.
Not a good time to be a full-time car salesman.